Many health and safety activists are feeling devastated by the events of the past week. They know that worker protections are now under attack as never before. That is why it is more imperative than ever that we gather in solidarity; that we strategize and mobilize to protect ourselves and America's most vulnerable populations. The National Conference on Worker Safety and Health, December 6-8,is one such opportunity. Here's how you can participate:
Become an exhibitor and reach an audience of hundreds of health and safety professionals for your product, publication, cause, or service.
Lend your support by becoming a sponsor, joining such critical supporters as the Communications Workers of America, the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, and Motley Rice LLC.
APHA Awards for Health & Safety Heroes
Bethany Boggess of the Workers Defense Project and Al Vega of MassCOSH, two tireless COSH movement leaders, were honored this month by the Occupational Health and Safety section of the American Public Health Association. Bethany received the Lorin Kerr Award and Al received the Tony Mazzocchi Award.
National COSH Tells Trade Group:
Don't Ignore Temp Safety
As the American Staffing Association held its annual conference in San Diego, health and safety advocates spoke out, saying the trade group whitewashes safety issues and is in non-compliance with their much-hyped agreement with OSHA. “Unfortunately, the industry seems more interested in cleaning up its image than in cleaning up the workplaces where temp workers are exposed to injuries, illnesses and sometimes life-threatening conditions," said temp adovocate Dave DeSario in a National COSH press conference.
Local COSH Roundup
STRUGGLE: Farmworkers and domestic workers are fighting exclusion from workers’ comp and other labor laws. Read about this news and more in the Workers' Comp Hub Fall Newsletter.
TRAGEDY: Robert Higgins and Kelvin Mattocks recently perished on the job, in a trench flood in Boston. MassCOSH immediately called for an investigation, prosecution of Atlantic Drain Services, and a fix to state law.
VICTORY: Labor advocates won a major health & safety victory in California, as the Indoor Heat Law -- long championed by Worksafe -- was signed into law.
SOLIDARITY: SocalCOSH, under the new leadership of Richard Negri, invites workers, worker centers, labor unions, university centers, legal aid groups, and allies in southern California to join the Activist Network. Together, members of the network will mobilize toward achieving worker justice.